Born and Raised

3/5

Born and Raised

John Mayer

John Mayer - Born and Raised Southern Rock, Alt-Country | 46:38 min Label: Columbia | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2012-05-22 Born and Raised, the 2012 album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer. The first single, «Shadow Days,» Billboard calls «a gentle and shimmering confluence of mellow Southern rock». Mayer produced Born and Raised with Don Was, who worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt. Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the title song, «Born and Raised.» Musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the Read more on Last.fm.

  1. gives it a: 4/5

    Considering my last favoured Mayer album was ‘Room for Squares’ I’d say this is an adequate follow-up. Of course artist don’t always get to pick their natural progression, therefore, Mayer does seem to revert a bit in this album, however, I dig it. I definitely goes with the season and I love every track from start to finish. “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey”, “Queen of California”, and “Something Like Olivia” are the jams of choice.

  2. gives it a: 3/5

    Mayer manages to cheese this heartfelt new sound up a bit more than I believe it should be, but it’s an interestingly folky slab of California Gold all the same. Not what I was expecting at all – sleepy, ethereal, perhaps (in places) even poignant. It probably won’t last me past the summer, but it sure goes nicely with the season. If you’ve ever liked John even remotely, this record deserves a shot.

  3. gives it a: 3/5

    I really wanted to give up on John, but ‘Born and Raised’ is gonna keep me hangin’ on. While he’s still not doing the power blues that he seems born to do, this folksy, singer/songwriter effort is a step in a much more suitable direction for his songs. I’ll take it.

  4. gives it a: 5/5

    John Mayers been listening to Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush. He actually admits it on “Queen Of California”. This record, a far cry from 2009’s so-so Battle Studies, an awkward, overproduced followup to the excellent Continuum, is a total departure for Mayer. The melodies are saturated in California sunshine, the sound that Gram Parsons blessed Grievous Angel with, the essence of James Taylors Sweet Baby James.

    It’s something no one expected and it works because Mayer isn’t trying to impress anyone. Quaint sleepiness, the acceptance of a sound lost in the years, every lyric bursting with comfortable nostalgia, the record has a careful blueprint. There’s nothing here that isn’t tailor made for the early 70’s. While this may put some modern fans to sleep, piss off radio execs and challenge the patience of casual listeners, it will certainly tug at the heart strings of people who still remember muggy summers in LA busking for a line of coke.

    Where Mayer sounded confused on Battle Studies, he actually channels Neil Young quite effectively here, quiet songs about quiet things. It’s not revolutionary because its original…its not. What makes it work is the simple fact that it does what it sets out to do….take us back.

  5. gives it a: 2/5

    eh…not great not terrible. I fell asleep both times I tried to listen to this all the way through, so yeah… I didn’t hate it, it just didn’t really grab me like some of the previous albums.